National Daily Newspaper 'The Nation'
April 19 2000
Riding the world for a noble cause
by Asem Mustafa Awan
ISLAMABAD - Riding a John T 600cc motorbike, Simon Milward 35, from Britain is touring the globe on a noble mission to raise money for two charities, busy in serving the ailing humanity in world.
The two beneficiaries of his two year travel around the world are Doctors without Borders having an office in Peshawar and Riders for Health the other non governmental organisation is Africa-based. They are a medical delivery group on bikes working in the famine struck regions generally.
"It is expected to take 16 months more as I am already on the road four months", said Simon adding that "the total distance is likely to be 100,000km and I have 18,000km on the metre of my bike. I planned 70 countries for the tour and Pakistan is the 14th one and, honestly, is the best so far" Simon added.
Simon is also general secretary of the bikers rights organisation, a federation of European Motorcyclists Association (FEMA) with 400,000 in its fold. He has hitch-hiked and biked around the entire USA with his brother Mark in 1984 and termed the tour as his 'introduction to travel'.
Simon came to Pakistan via Dubai on PIA flight, and covered the 1500km from Karachi to Islamabad in three days and then left for Northern Areas.
"The tour on the Karakoram Highway was the most memorable motorcycle experience I have ever had," said the international biker who will resume his next leg of the tour to India and South East Asia in about a weeks time.
"There are 56 more countries to go," said Simon adding "I have raised 12,000$ and they are in a bank account in Belgium."
"I am looking to raise 2,000$ in Pakistan towards the target of 100,000 dollars. This will also help me to promote the image of Pakistan abroad," says Simon who is very hopeful and also gave a contact number is Islamabad for the philantropists and interested donors to contact. This is 051 275260.